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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: MARCH 21, 2001


Six regional Teachers of the Year have been selected to vie for the title of 2001-02 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2000-01 Teacher of the Year Laura Bilbro-Berry, a second grade teacher at John C. Tayloe Elementary in Beaufort County.

The following regional winners will travel to Raleigh in April where they will be interviewed by a blue ribbon panel appointed by State Superintendent Mike Ward:

Southeast Region: Judy Dietz, English teacher, Topsail High, Pender County Schools;

Northeast Region: Yang Li, kindergarten teacher, T.S. Cooper Elementary, Gates County Schools;

Central Region: Julia Dermody, fourth and fifth grade teacher, Mary Scroggs Elementary, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools;

Southwest Region: Virginia Lee, mathematics teacher, Piedmont High, Union County Schools;

Northwest Region: Carmen Wilson, mathematics teacher, Ashe County High, Ashe County Schools; and

West Region: Marsha Cameron, third grade teacher, Cullowhee Valley School, Jackson County Schools.

The 2001-02 Teacher of the Year will be announced May 1 at a banquet to be held at the Embassy Suites, Cary. The winner receives a one-time stipend of $7,500, a personal automobile (thanks to the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association), and a trip to the national conference. In addition to being a full-time ambassador for education, the state Teacher of the Year also serves a two-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education.

The North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program is sponsored by the Public Schools of North Carolina and the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association. This year for the first time, charter school teachers were included in the selection process. For more information, please contact Cecil Banks, Teacher Education, DPI, 919.807.3375.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.